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Hancock, John (1737-1793) [Delay of execution for Edward Johnson for two weeks].

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03792 Author/Creator: Hancock, John (1737-1793) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 25 June 1789 Pagination: 1 p. + docket 20 x 33 cm

Summary of Content: Signed by Governor of Massachusetts Hancock and countersigned by Secretary of the State John Avery. Johnson was to be hanged for burglary but "humbly supplicated for further time to prepare for death." Suspension of his sentence was granted for two weeks. Paper seal attached.

People: Hancock, John, 1737-1793

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: American StatesmenPardonGovernment and CivicsLawPrisonerDeathDeath Penalty

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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